State Sen. Lloyd Smucker pushing for PA version of Dream Act

State Sen. Lloyd Smucker, a Republican who represents parts of Lancaster and York counties, is planning to introduce legislation that would let some undocumented immigrants pay in-state tuition rates in college.

His proposal is based on the Maryland version of the Dream Act, which was passed in 2011 and then upheld in a ballot referendum in the November election, according to the co-sponsorship memo Smucker sent out last week.

Under Smucker’s proposal, eligible individuals must offer proof of having attended at least two years of high school and must meet all state residency requirements for financial aid, according to the memo.

Smucker said undocumented students are often brought to the United States at a young age, and have attended school in Pennsylvania for years.

“These are students we’ve already invested in as a Commonwealth by providing for their education,” Smucker said Monday. “And they’re students with a bright future and with a lot to offer.”

More than a dozen states have adopted some version of a Dream Act in recent years, according to Smucker’s co-sponsorship memo. Smucker said in-state tuition rates are less expensive than those for out-of-state or international students.

About Ed Mahon

County government and politics reporter at York Daily Record/Sunday News.
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